Robert Taylor (Australian actor)

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Robert Taylor
Born Robert Taylor
1963 (age 50–51)
Melbourne, Australia
Alma mater Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Ayisha Davies
Children Scarlet Taylor

Robert Taylor (born 1963) is an Australian actor who has appeared in many films and television series in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. On television he is best known for his lead role in the A&E television series Longmire. On film he is best known for playing Agent Jones on The Matrix.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia.[1] After his parents separated when he was nine he moved to a mining town in Western Australia to live with his aunt and uncle.[1][2][3] As a teenager he worked as a miner.[1][3] He had several jobs after that, including lifeguard and bouncer, and went to university three times.[1][2][4] At 21 he went to work on an oil rig in the Indian Ocean.[1][2][3] Taylor was left with a broken arm and ribs after the ship he was on collided with another and sank off the west coast of Australia.[4] Taylor and his two crew mates escaped on a lifeboat.[4] Whilst recovering in hospital he saw an ad for auditions for drama school in Perth, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).[4] After a successful audition he joined WAAPA aged 24.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

After graduating from WAAPA Taylor started acting in 1988. His first major role was in 1989 as Nicholas Walsh in the Australian television soap Home and Away.[5] His first lead role came in 1993 when he was cast as David Griffin in the Australian mini series The Feds.[6][7] He then appeared in various guest roles and on TV movies in Australia, such as Blue Heelers and Stingers, often being cast as a police officer.

Taylor's big break in Hollywood came when he was cast as the shapeshifting Agent Jones in the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix.[8] In 2000 he starred alongside Chris O'Donnell in the action thriller Vertical Limit.[9] His other film credits include The Hard Word (2002), Storm Warning (2007), Rogue (2007) and Coffin Rock (2009).[9]

In 2000 Taylor took on role of Father Vincent Sheehan in Ballykissangel, a British television drama set in Ireland.[10] His television credits after that include MDA (2002), Satisfaction (2010), Cops L.A.C. (2010) and Killing Time (2011).[9][11] In 2011 Taylor was chosen for the lead role in A&E's new crime drama series Longmire.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is married to producer Ayisha Davies and has a young daughter, Scarlet.[1][4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Phage Calhoun
1999 The Matrix Agent Jones
2000 Muggers Detective Constable Porter
2000 Vertical Limit Skip Taylor
2000 After the Rain Jack Behring
2002 The Hard Word Frank Malone
2003 Ned Kelly Sherritt Trooper
2003 Roundabout Police officer 1 Short film
2007 Storm Warning Rob
2007 Rogue Everett Kennedy
2007 The Bloody Sweet Hit Lindsay Short film
2008 Long Weekend Bartender
2009 Coffin Rock Rob Willis
2012 The Balibo Night Private Benjamin Cook (voice) Short video
2014 Healing Vander
2014 The Menkoff Method Clive Struthers
2015 Focus McEwen

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Flying Doctors Lachlan McGregor Season 3, Episode 15: "Clapped Out"
1988 Reed Down Under King Television movie
1988 Something Is Out There 1st officer
1988 The Clean Machine Constable Ron Healy Television movie
1988 The Rocks Constable Gottlieb Television movie
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Pollux
1989 Home and Away Nicholas Walsh 20 episodes
1990 Yellowthread Street Detective Peter Marenta 7 episodes
1990 The Paper Man Johnny Coates
1992 Steel Justice Detective Lieutenant David Nash Television movie
1993–1996 The Feds David Griffin Lead role
1995 The Last Bullet Sergeant Caldwell Television movie
1996 Twisted Tales Peter Season 1, Episode 12: "A Sure Thing"
1996 Flipper Season 1, Episode 11: "Fish Out of Water"
1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Jack Cleary Television movie
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys Andrew Costello Season 2, Episode 12: "Blood is Thicker Than Walter"
1999 Wildside Clayton Clark Season 2, Episode 8
1999 Blue Heelers Detective Barry Craig Season 6, Episode 10: "Dirty Money"
Season 6, Episode 12: "Web of Lies"
1999 Stingers Detective Sergeant Mick Foley Season 1, Episode 20: "Proving Ground"
Season 1, Episode 21: "Cast Off"
Season 1, Episode 22: "Dead Man's Throw"
Season 2, Episode 8: "White Lies"
1999 First Daughter Mason Television movie
2001 Ballykissangel Father Vincent Sheahan 8 episodes
2002 MDA Paul Bennett 8 episodes
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Nicholas Ray Television movie
2005 Hercules Kiron
2008 City Homicide Kevin Steele Season 2, Episode 12: "Spoils of War"
2010 Satisfaction John McCoy 6 episodes
2010 Cops L.A.C. Tom O'Neill Season 1, Episode 1: "The Learning Curve"
2011 Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here Deputy Commissioner Graham Sinclair Television movie
2011 Killing Time Tim Watson-Munro 5 episodes
2011 Twentysomething Trevor Season 1, Episode 6
2012–2014 Longmire Sheriff Walt Longmire Lead role
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Alistair Travers Season 1, Episode 8: "A Flare for Murder"

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